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Sunday, May 25
1. Mariachi Flor de Toloache is the first and only established all female mariachi band founded in New York city in 2008 by Mireya I. Ramos. Originally a trio, the band has grown to 10 members with all the essential and traditional instruments, violins, trumpets, guitarron (bass), vihuela (5 string guitar) and guitar. In addition, each members’ cultural background adds even more diversity to their already unique sound and appearance as an all women band spanning the globe from Puerto Rico, to Mexico, Singapore, Germany, Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and the United States.Their goal of representing Mexican music and adding their own edgy and versatile sound comes together incredibly naturally and seamlessly. Although as individuals their talent has allowed them to grace stages worldwide from stadiums to acclaimed theater venues, they perform together like a band of sisters, with grace and vibrant beauty casting a spell over their audiences like the legendary and magical Toloache flower that is still being used in Mexico as a love potion.
A Romantic Musical Revue about the life, career and music of one of the greatest Latin America composers of all time, Rafael Hernández. Winner of the 1999 ACE Award for Best Musical and the 2001 HOLA Award for Best Musical.
3. Henry Fiol
4. Mimi maura
MIMI MAURA lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina and San Juan, Puerto Rico. She won the prestigious award “Premios Gardel a la música” in 2002, in Argentina, for her album “Raices de Pasión”, and was nominated again in 2011 for “Dias de sol (special dub version)” and 2013 for “La Herida” a tribute to her father, the singer and composer Mike Acevedo.
Her band was founded with spouse Sergio Rotman -sax player for Los Fabulosos Cadillacs-offering a contemporary fusion of calypso, ska, rock-steady and traditional bolero, that makes for a trans-generational fun and distinctive sound.
5. Los Pleneros De La 21
Bomba & Plena Para el Mundo Entero desde el 1983
Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21) is the premier performing ensemble of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena based in the United States. Founded in 1983, the group consists of three generations of venerated traditional and professional musicians, incomparable dancers and passionate educators. Together they fuse the “down home” Afro-Puerto Rican traditions with contemporary and urban sounds to showcase the versatility and complexities of the Latino experience in the United States.
The Festival will also re-instate the Loisaida Awards.
(list of awardees to come)